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"E.A. Poe" Watercolor by William A. Lewis This watercolor was executed in 1959 and reflects that influence of painterly abstraction, which was popularized in the 1940s by Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and… watercolor on paper 1959
"The Bells" Illustrated by Edmund Dulac French illustrator Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) first published an edition of The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe in 1912. The illustrations here are from A… Photomechanical Prints 1928
"The Fall of the House of Usher" Etching by Robert Lawson Robert Lawson (1892-1957) was a popular children's book author and illustrator who was the first to win both the Coldecott Medal and the Newbury Medal. In the… Etching 1931
"The Purloined Letter" in Chamber's Edinburgh Journal Shortly after the first printing of Poe's detective story "The Purloined Letter" in October 1844 in the anthology The Gift, the story was reprinted in abridged form… Magazine November 30, 1844
"The Raven" by August Holland August Holland (1928-1998) is primarily known as a maritime artist, but, early in his careet, he produced a number of illustrations, including the present work,… Print on Board ca.1960s
A Confession of the Awful and Bloody Transactions in the Life of Charles Wallace, the Fiend-like Murderer of Miss Mary Rogers This 1851 hoax pamphlet claims to record the confession of the murderer of Mary C. Rogers. The unsolved 1841 murder of Mary Rogers inspired Poe's short story "The… Pamphlet 1851
Anna Charlotte Lynch Portrait Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) was a poet and teacher who hosted weekly literary soirees at her New York City home during the time of Poe's residence in that… Oil on Canvas 1840s
Annie Richmond Portrait Nancy Locke Heywood Richmond (1820-1898) was a close friend to Edgar Allan Poe in the last two years of his life. He referred to her as "Annie" and dedicated his… Photomechanical Print
Aubrey Beardsley Illustrations for Poe's Works Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was an English artist considered a leader of the Aesthetic movement. Though Beardsley executed these drawings around 1894, they were… Print on Paper Drawn ca.1894, Printed ca.1925
Charles Baudelaire's Translation of Eureka The French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire devoted much of his career to translating Poe's works into French and popularizing Poe in France. Eureka was Poe's… Book 1863
Chinese Plate for Poe's Boyhood Home This eighteenth century Canton plate was once part of a set owned by Poe's foster parent's John and Frances Allan. It was bought at the estate sale of the Allan… Porcelin 18th Century
Coffee Pot from Poe's Sister's Home This silver-plated coffee pot was used by Poe's sister's foster family, the Mackenzies, at their Richmond home, Duncan Lodge. Poe's sister lived with the Mackenzies… Silver plated with wooden handle
Dancing Shoes Owned by the Poe Family These ladies' kid white leather dancing shoes were purchased in London by Edgar Allan Poe's mother-in-law/aunt Maria Poe Clemm's future husband William Clemm on a… kid white leather 1805
Davidson Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe This albumen print is an altered version of the "Traylor" daguerreotype taken by William Abbott Pratt in Richmond in 1849. The alterations include the inclusion of… Albumen Print Photograph 1876
Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel Movie Poster This poster promotes the West German film "Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel," which was also released under the titles "The Blood Demon," "The Torture Chamber of… Movie Poster 1967
Edgar Allan Poe Albumen Print Owned by David Bridges According to the inscription on the back, this albumen print photograph of Edgar Allan Poe was once owned by Poe's childhood friend and classmate David Bridges. A… Albumen Print Carte De Visite ca. 1870s-1890s
Edgar Allan Poe Engraving by John Sartain Edgar Allan Poe's friend John Sartain produced this engraving of Poe shortly after the author's death for inclusion in the posthumously released collection of Poe's… Engraving with Mezzotint on Paper 1849
Edgar Allan Poe's Manuscript for "The Rationale of Verse" Poe attempts to explain the history of English verse in this essay, which he had trouble getting published because editors considered it too technical for the… Manuscript, One Page 1848
Edgar Allan Poe's Mother-in-Law's Cap Edgar Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. It was to Maria Clemm that Poe dedicated his 1849 poem… wool
Edgar Allan Poe's Mother-in-Law's Stockings Edgar Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. It was to Maria Clemm that Poe dedicated his 1849 poem… silk
Edgar Allan Poe's Walking Stick On his last night in Richmond, two weeks before his death, Edgar Poe left this walking stick at the home of his friend and physician, Dr. John Carter, on his last… wood, silver tip
Elmira Royster Shelton Daguerreotype This daguerreotype represents Edgar Allan Poe's first and last fiancee, Elmira Royster Shelton. Poe was first engaged to Shelton in 1826, when he was seventeen… Sixth Plate Daguerreotype ca.1850s
English Queen Anne Chippendale Transitional Side Chair from Poe's Home This chair was used in the home of Poe's foster parents John and Frances Allan while Poe was living there. The chair retains its original covering material. The… Mahogany ca. 1755
English Revival Tall Back Side Chair from Allan Home The brass plaque attached to the back of this chair reads: "This chair, in the Allan Home when Poe lived there, was purchased by Mrs. Charles E. Wortham at the sale… Primary- Poplar 1840-1860
First Printing of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" This is the first printing of the first detective story, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." The story first appeared in the April 1841 issue of… Bound Volume 1841
First Printing of "The Pit and the Pendulum" in The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such gift books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States… book 1842
First Printing of "The Purloined Letter" from The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such gift books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States… book 1844
First Printing of "The Tell-Tale Heart" from The Pioneer Edgar Allan Poe's popular short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" first appeared in the inaugural issue (January 1843) of the Boston magazine The Pioneer, edited by poet… Magazine January 1843
First Printing of "William Wilson" in The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such git books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States appeared… Book 1839
Fragment of Edgar Allan Poe Letter This fragment was given to the Poe Museum in October 1969 by Mrs. Rosewell Page. It was once the property of her brother-in-law, Thomas Nelson Page… Fragment of Letter 1836
Frances Keeling Valentine Allan Portrait This is one of two known life portraits of Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, Frances Allan (1785-1829), who cared for Poe after his biological mother died when he… Oil on Metal ca. 1828
Frances S. Osgood Letter to John Keese Frances Osgood (1811-1850) was a poetess and close friend of Poe and his wife. Poe and Osgood addressed love poems to each other in the Broadway Journal and other… April 28, 1845
Gothic Revival High Back Hall Chair from Allan Home This chair was purchased at the 1881 estate sale of Poe's foster father's widow, Louisa G. Allan, by Mrs. Samuel Gordon Wallace, whose daughter, Mrs. Maxwell G.… Primary: Mahogany ca. 1845
Illustrations by Albert Edward Sterner Albert Edward Sterner (1863-1946) produced these illustrations in 1894 and 1895 for the ten-volume set The Works of Edgar Allan Poe edited by E.C. Stedman and G. E.… Photomechanical Prints ca. 1894-5
James Russell Lowell Letter to Editor of Graham's Magazine James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) was a poet and, at one point, a friend of Edgar Allan Poe. It was Lowell who first published Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart" in… letter August 14, 1841
John Hamilton Mackenzie Albumen Print Photograph John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Allan Poe. He was also the foster brother (and, after his father William Mackenzie's death in… albumen print photograph 1860-1875
John Hamilton Mackenzie Daguerreotype John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Poe's as well as the foster brother of Poe's sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe. After the death of… Daguerreotype 1840s
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Lt. Samuel Larkin John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter, One Page October 25, 1852
John R. Thompson Sonnet for Anna C. Lynch John R. Thompson (1823-1873), Poe's friend and editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, wrote this sonnet for Poe's sometimes friend the poet Anna C. Lynch… poem August 1850
Letter from Anna Charlotte Lynch to Edgar Allan Poe In this letter, dated June 25, 1845, the poet Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) asks Poe to deliver one of her poems to John Keese for his upcoming anthology The… Letter June 25, 1845
Letter from Richard Henry Stoddard Concerning Poe Poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903) met Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 while trying unsuccessfully to submit poetry for publication in the Broadway Journal,… Leter, Two Pages Septemeber 24, 1872
Letter from Thomas Bolling to William Bolling Concerning William Galt This letter provides information about what Richmonders thought of Edgar Allan Poe's "Uncle Bill" William Galt, the uncle of Poe's foster father John Allan.… letter, three pages November 29, 1800
Letter from Thomas Dunn English to Edmund Clarence Stedman The writer of this letter, Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), was at different times a friend and an enemy of Poe's. In one of the latter moments, English caricatured… letter, one page
Letter to Edgar Allan Poe (Editor of the Broadway Journal) from William W. Caldwell, Jr. In this letter dated October 20, 1845 and addressed to "Edgar A. Poe, esq." the writer, William W. Caldwell, Jr. of Newbury Port, Massachusetts, praises the… letter, one sheet October 20, 1845
Manuscript for "The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe" by John R. Thompson This is the manuscript for a lecture on Edgar Allan Poe written and delivered by Poe's friend John R. Thompson (1823-1873). Internal evidence suggests the lecture… 43 pages, sepia ink on blue ruled paper ca.1860s
Manuscript for "To Helen" This is the only known manuscript for Poe's poem "To Helen," which Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott regarded as "the finest of Poe's lyrics." Poe dedicated this… Pencil in Album 1829-1835
Mary Allan Portrait Mary Allan (died 1850) was the oldest of Edgar Allan Poe's foster father John Allan's sisters. Mary Allan resided at the Allan home in Bridgegate House in Irvine,… Oil on Canvas ca. 1803
Mary Gallego Portrait This portrait hung in both "Moldavia" (one of Edgar Allan Poe's boyhood homes) and "Duncan Lodge" (Poe's sister's home from 1843 until 1865). The subject, Mary… Oil on Canvas ca. 1806
Memoranda of Agreement and Prospectus for the Broadway Journal The Broadway Journal was the last of the four magazines Edgar Allan Poe edited. It was also, briefly, the only magazine Poe ever owned. In the earliest of these… ink on paper, 6 sheets December 16, 1844 and July 3, 1845
Poe Letter to Hiram Haines, April 24, 1840 This is one of two surviving letters from Poe to magazine editor Hiram Haines. Hiram Haines (1802-1841) published a book of poetry, Mountain Birds and Blossoms, in… letter April 24, 1840
Poe Letter to Hiram Haines, August 19, 1836 While working as acting editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe wrote this letter to Petersburg, Virginia editor Hiram… Letter August 19, 1836
Poe's Parents in The Columbian Centinel for October 29, 1806 Edgar Allan Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. is listed in this Boston newspaper as appearing in the role of Sir George Touchwood in Mrs. Cowley's comedy Belle's… Newspaper October 29, 1806
Poe's Poems of 1882 The first owner of this book, Ben B. Harden, inscribed it with a note voicing his dissatisfaction with Poe's poetry contained within. Although it is dedicated to… Book 1969-12-31 00:00:00
Poetry Attributed to Mrs. Jane Scott Mackenzie These manuscripts were part of a group of items purchased from a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe's sister Rosalie Mackenzie Poe's foster mother Jane Scott Mackenzie… Two loose pages with writing on both sides 1842
Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by Ferdinand Horvath Hungarian-born artist Ferdinand Horvath (1891-1973) is best known for his work with Walt Disney during the 1930s. From 1934-37, he work for Disney on several… Watercolor and Pencil on Paper ca. 1930
Reviews of Edgar Allan Poe's Parents in The Polyanthos Joseph T. Buckingham, Editor of the monthly Boston literary magazine The Polyanthos, gives mixed reviews of Edgar Allan Poe's performances as actors on the Boston… Bound Journal Volume 4 (December 1806-March 1807)
Rosalie Poe's Book of Sheet Music Edgar Allan Poe's sister Rosalie Mackenzie Poe used this book of sheet music while playing her piano forte, which is also in the Poe Museum's collection. When Poe's… Volume containing 32 books of sheet music
Rosalie Poe's Piano This is the piano played by Edgar Allan Poe's sister Rosalie Mackenzie Poe. When Poe's mother died, his only sister, Rosalie Poe, was taken in by the Mackenzie… piano forte, mahogany 1838-1840
Rosalie Poe's Sewing Box Poe's only sister, Rosalie M. Poe (1810-1874) owned this sewing box. Rosalie Poe spent most of her life in Richmond, where she taught Penmanship at the Mackenzie…
Rufus Dawes Engraving and Autograph Rufus Dawes (1803-1859) was a Baltimore writer Poe repeatedly ridiculed. In January 1840 in Alexander's Weekly Messenger, for example, Poe wrote a notice of the… Engraving with Attached Autograph
Southern Literary Messenger Autographed by Anna C. Lynch This copy of the December 1852 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger bears the autograph of New York writer Anna Charlotte Lynch. The Southern Literary Messenger… Magazine December 1852
Southern Literary Messenger for April 1835 Poe began his career in journalism with Richmond's Southern Literary Messenger. The April 1835 issue contains the first printing of his short story "Morella" as… Magazine 1835
Table from Edgar Allan Poe's Boyhood Home This American Queen Anne style drop-leaf table was used in the Richmond home "Moldavia," in which Edgar Allan Poe lived with his foster parents, John and Frances… Walnut
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque This is Edgar Allan Poe's first published collection of short stories. Though he had tried as early as 1834 to publish such a volume, it was not until 1840 that… Two Volumes, Vol.I 243pp, Vol.II 228pp 1839
The Fall of the House of Usher Movie Poster Theis is a poster for a Spanish-language release of the American International film "The Fall of the House of Usher," which was also known as "House of Usher." This… Movie Poster 1960
Traylor Miniature of Edgar Allan Poe This watercolor miniature on ivory was painted by an unknown artist around 1900. Little is known of the history of this tiny painting, which was acquired by the Poe… Watercolor on Ivory ca. 1900
Washington Irving Letter to John Randolph of Roanoke Washington Irving (1783-1859) wrote this letter to the Virginia senator, diplomat, and orator John Randolph of Roanoke (1773-1833) while the two were in London in… Letter June 5, 1822
Whitty Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe Poe collector and Poe Museum founder James H. Whitty (1859-1937) donated this portrait to the Poe Museum in 1921 and inscribed it with details concerning the… Crayon on Cardboard ca. 1911
William Mackenzie's Masonic Certificate William Mackenzie (1775-1829) was the foster father of Edgar Allan Poe's sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe. Though nver legally adopted by the Mackenzies, Rosalie Poe… parchment ca. 1800